[Flash Fiction] A Dangerous Combination

She set down her backpack and stepped gingerly onto the rocks in the middle of the river. The current was gentle here, so it was as good a place as any to rest. Stretching out her skinny legs, she splashed her parched face with the cool refreshing water. They said she was crazy to think of running away.

“You got 434 acres of countryside that way and a highway that extends five miles the other way before you reach another house. Where you gonna go, girlie?”

She stared at the breadth of forest that surrounded her. Yup, she was crazy, but she was also smart and that was a dangerous combination.

“I would go to the countryside. Less likely to be found that way.”

“And what you gonna do in the country, girlie?”

“Survive. Or die trying.”

No.

She hoisted the bag back onto her shoulder and treaded carefully across the river. As of this moment, she decided dying was no longer an option. She would be free. And live.

© Jade M. Wong 2017


 Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

This week’s photo is provided by one of the sweetest poets and bloggers, Maria of Doodles and Scribbles.

Also, a mention to Priceless Joy, the coordinator of these weekly FFfAW challenges, whose mother has recently passed away. Please send her some love and support, if you can. You know you’ve got mine, PJ. 

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42 thoughts on “[Flash Fiction] A Dangerous Combination

  1. This story is intriguing because I’m curious to know what she’s running from. Still, what I like most is her spirit. She refuses to even accept defeat. “There is no ‘try’ only ‘do’.” I like that about her. The story is empowering.

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    1. Yes, indeed, it’s a possibilities-are-endless kind of story, although from the looks of yours and others’ comments, I may have to write a prequel or sequel to this soon. Your questions need answering!

      Thanks for reading, TUS. Always a pleasure 🙂

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    1. A good question James. I started this story not knowing exactly where she’s running from or to, but just wanting to tell the story of her in the midst of her journey. Perhaps for a future prompt, we’ll know the answer 😉

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  2. Running away from what? Still, this pieces makes for one hell of an intriguing start, wherever she’s going. I’m sure she’ll make it though – the country’s not going to be a match for her!

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    1. That’s a good question. I have an inkling of what she might be running from, but that’s a story for another time. When I saw the photo prompt, I felt the need to start the story here when she’s already run away. In the future, I think I’ll do a prequel 🙂

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  3. You go girl!!! A dangerous combination indeed! She’s much like you, I perceive, dear Jade. ❤ And oh, I love that she decided dying was no longer an option. Aye to that. 😀

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  4. choosing a path is never easy, unless someone guides you, you never know what to expect, but being brave for yourself only, you will find such amazing adventures, so often we stop just we are about to reach a beautiful destination. Love the voices you gave her conscience and heart talking to each other Jade!!

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